Imagine being in an indescribably beautiful place, like nothing you’ve ever seen on this earth. Your senses are fully alive, your body vibrant with health.
Your soul is perfectly at peace, your heart is full of happy anticipation. At last, all is as it should be.
You’ve arrived in heaven.
Many other radiant people are there to greet you. A long-lost relative, a dear friend, a close loved one. Your heart fairly bursts with joy at seeing them again.
But there are others, too; ones you don’t recognize, yet they seem to know you.
You wait, curious, as one person presses forward through the group to greet you, eyes welcoming and smile bright.
“You don’t know who I am,” he begins, “but I’m so glad to finally meet you and thank you. Father sent you to save my life. He granted me many years on earth to serve Him. There are others here because of conversations He allowed me to have with them.”
He smiles again. “May I introduce you to someone special? You may remember her.”
He turns to the group behind him and beckons a woman forward. Recognition slowly dawns as you recall the once-anxious, angry young woman you spoke with many years before. You had planted gospel seeds and supported her as she chose life for her baby, but you never knew what had become of her.
Now she stands before you, glowing with joy. The man looks from her to you, beaming.
“I’m so pleased to re-introduce you to my mom.”
I don’t pretend to know everything about what heaven will be like, but what I’m describing here is more than a pretty story to make you feel good.
The work done at pregnancy centers across the nation and around the world has eternal ramifications.
We exist to promote life in all its aspects. We believe human life is sacred and that human beings are designed to experience abundant and eternal life.
We believe every person is worthy of dignity and protection, from womb to tomb.
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Why is this such a big deal to us? Because it’s a big deal to God.
The existence of a unique human individual is a phenomenal reality. No two humans are alike, not even identical twins.
Every one of us is created in the image of God, and He has unique plans and purposes for each one.
“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” –Ephesians 2:10
A favorite passage for underscoring the importance of pro-life work is Psalm 139:13-16:
“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place…. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
The term “unformed body” in this passage is the Hebrew word “golem,” meaning formless or embryo. This verse is the only place in Scripture where “golem” is used.
God sees every person while they are tucked away in the womb, writing their stories even as He forms their bodies in that hidden place.
But wait, there’s more.
Consider the attributes of God. He is omnipresent (everywhere all at once), omniscient (He knows all things), and omnipotent (all-powerful). He is love (1 John 4:8). He is good, and He dwells outside of time in eternity.
Based on these attributes, we rightly conclude that God knows, loves and values every human being even before they exist within the limiting parameters we call “time.”
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you,” God says in Jeremiah 1:5. “Before you were born I set you apart…”
The Hebrew word for “knew” here is “yada,” meaning to know and be completely known. It’s intimacy.
Stop and ponder this for a moment.
Our heavenly Father not only loved you before you were born… He loved you before you were a fetus, before you were an embryo, before you were even a zygote.
Before you existed, you were loved by God. And this is how He feels about every person He creates.
The nature of our heavenly Father informs our efforts to protect our preborn neighbors. We understand that each one is His masterpiece. Each one is known and loved and wanted by Him.
Far from being part of a woman’s body to do with as she wishes, preborn children belong to God (Ez. 16:20). That’s why no circumstance, difficulty or hardship can change the reality that abortion grieves Him.
It can be challenging to serve distressed women and men in your community, supporting them as they navigate an unplanned pregnancy. It’s often a thankless task, and in any case, the babies we rescue may never know what we’ve done for them.
Regardless of the difficulties, keep up the good work. You’re pleasing the heart of your Father—and one day you’ll enjoy a sweet reward.